With Obama and Congress still unsure about how NASA should proceed with its manned space program, NASA continues with privately funded companies as a way to transport cargo and astronauts back and forth into space. As of April 2010, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is preparing for its maiden launch from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 30.
As the space shuttle program winds down, NASA’s prime shuttle contractor will be laying off about 15% of its workforce on October 1, 2010. About 1,300 space shuttle employees will be out of their space jobs in Florida, Texas, and Alabama.
Everyone around the world can come together for a “virtual” picnic provided by NASA in honor of the last space shuttle mission, the STS-135 flight with the four-person crew of the space shuttle Atlantis.
The final NASA space shuttle mission is STS-135. GoSoftWorks is providing a free app so space enthusiasts can view when the space shuttle Atlantis goes overhead in their local skies, and where it is located anytime in its orbit.